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GEOINT Community Forum:

The GEOINT Advantage:
Increasing, Maintaining, Protecting 

November 28-29, 2023

Nov. 28 Unclassified Program
Nov. 29 Classified Program

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Allder Auditorium
7500 GEOINT Drive Springfield, VA 22150-7500

One Day / Both Days 

$250 / $499 USGIF Member/Industry
$300 / $599 Non-Member/Industry

$75 / $149 USGIF Member Academia/Student
$99 / $199  USGIF Non-Member Academia/Student

$99 / $199USGIF Member Non-Profit
$125 / $249
Non-Member Non-profit
Free  Government Attendees

Sponsorship Opportunities

Two-day event*

Join USGIF for a two-day program that takes a critical look at what is required to increase, maintain, and protect the U.S. geospatial intelligence advantage in the years ahead. For decades, the U.S. GEOINT advantage has been a clear and unchallenged pillar of the country’s national security posture.  The GEOINT community has seen a proliferation of new GEOINT space, cyberspace, and terrestrial capabilities, and the community is projected to continue to grow.  And yet, even in the present day, U.S. strategic competitors are threatening that advantage. From cybersecurity to space situational awareness and counterspace to the protection of the GEOINT community’s intellectual property, our community must work holistically to ensure this critical national advantage remains unchallenged.  


*The Tuesday program will be unclassified, while the Wednesday program will be classified TS/Rel FVEY. 



28 November: Unclassified Day

8:00-9:00  Arrival, Breakfast, and Exhibits

9:00-9:15 Welcome Remarks: Ronda Schrenk, CEO, USGIF 

9:15-10:00 Keynote: Lt. Gen. Robert Skinner, USAF, Director, Defense Information Systems Agency and Commander, Joint Force Headquarters, Department of Defense Information Networks (JFHQ-DODIN) (Invited) 

10:00-10:45 Panel: Building Resiliency Through Partnerships 

This panel explores the strategic intersections through which the GEOINT community leverages powerful partnerships with international allies and commercial entities to grow our advantage and build resiliency. Discover how collaborative efforts amplify access to cutting-edge technologies, diverse datasets, and innovative methodologies, ensuring a sustained competitive edge. Join the discussion to uncover success stories, discuss challenges, and unearth the potential of such partnerships for GEOINT advantage.

Moderator: Brian Weeden, Ph.D., Director of Program Planning, Secure World Foundation


  • Luke Fischer, Chief Executive Officer, SkyFi
  • Sanjay Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, Geospatial World
  • Others TBA

10:45-11:00  Networking Break 

11:00-12:00  Panel: Legal and Policy Frameworks Serving GEOINT Advantage   

This panel of leaders from government, academia, and industry will consider the existing legal and policy framework for geospatial information and discuss possible changes that would take into account how other nations are approaching such matters. Join this panel for a thought-provoking discussion of how a legal and policy framework that was built for different technologies and for a nation that held “first mover advantage” might be refreshed.

Moderator: Kevin Pomfret, Space and Spatial Corporate and Transaction Attorney, Williams Mullen 


  • Joshua Delmonico, Executive Director, Federal Geographic Data Committee 
  • Col Matt Holston, USSF, Director, National Security Space Policy, National Space Council (Invited)
  • Jerry Johnston, Ph.D., Managing Director, Deloitte 

12:00-1:00  Lunch Break in the Atrium and Exhibits 

1:15-1:45  Keynote: Assistant Secretary Mallory Stewart, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance, U.S. Department of State

1:45-2:00  Networking Break 

2:00-3:00  Panel: GEOINT’s Increasingly Contested and Congested Space 

This panel of government and industry experts will discuss how the increasingly contested and congested space domain is impacting the traditional U.S. GEOINT advantagePanelists will consider how the space environment has changed as other nations and commercial entities are increasing their activities in the space domain. The goal of this panel is to help the program’s attendees understand how the U.S. and allied GEOINT communities will need to evolve given this changing operational and technological environment. 

Moderator: Rob Zitz, Co-Chair, USGIF Space Situational Awareness Working Group  


  • Barbara Golf, Strategic Advisor, Space Domain Awareness, U.S. Space Force
  • Jer Chyi Liou, Ph.D., Chief Scientist for Orbital Debris, National Aeronautics and Space Administration 
  • Walter Scott, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Maxar
  • Michael Usowski, Senior Defense Intelligence Analyst for Space/Counterspace, Defense Intelligence Agency

3:00-4:00  Panel: Advantage—Team GEOINT  

Our people are the “superpower” behind the GEOINT community’s successes.  Join this panel of community experts who will address how industry, government, and academia are working together to ensure that the GEOINT workforce has the skills and abilities that will fuel the GEOINT advantage in the years to come.   

Moderator: VADM Robert Sharp (Ret.), Former Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency


  • Ichesia Veal, Imagery Scientist, Commercial GEOINT Discovery and Assessment Office, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (Pending Agency Approval)
  • Tom Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, EVONA
  • Others TBA 

4:00-4:15  Closing Remarks 

29 November: Classification: TS/Rel FVEY

8:00-9:00  Registration Check-in, Conference Center Badging, and Breakfast and Exhibits 

9:00-9:15  Welcome Remarks

9:15-10:00  Keynote:Keynote: VADM Frank D. Whitworth, III, USN, Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (Invited)

10:00-10:15  Networking Break

10:15-11:15  Panel: GEOINT Space and Ground Architecture Update

Join this panel for a comprehensive update on the dynamic landscape of GEOINT space and ground architectures. Explore the latest advancements in satellite technologies, ground station networks, and data processing frameworks. Engage with experts as they unveil the transformative potential of these architectures in enhancing geospatial intelligence collection, analysis, and dissemination. 


  • Shelby Pierson, Deputy Associate Director for Operations, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (Pending Agency Approval)
  •  Others TBA

11:15-12:15  Panel: Responsible Use of AI for GEOINT Workflows:   

In the rapidly evolving GEOINT discipline, the surge of AI technologies, including large language models and other generative AI innovations, presents both unprecedented opportunities and challenges to community tradecraft standards. This panel brings together industry leaders, AI experts, and GEOINT practitioners to delve into the responsible incorporation of AI within GEOINT workflows, using real-world examples as the basis for debate of what “could” and what “should” be adopted.  By showcasing real-world workflow examples, this panel aims to illuminate the practical application of AI in enhancing GEOINT processes while addressing critical issues such as data privacy, bias mitigation, and transparency. 


  • Brady Cline, Sales Director, Enterprise Analytics and AI/ML, Esri
  • Anna Rubenstein, Ph.D., Chief of Responsible AI, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (Pending Agency Approval)
  • Others TBA

12:15-1:15 Lunch Break in the Atrium and Industry Exhibits

1:15-2:00  Keynote: Chirag Parikh, Executive Secretary, National Space Council (Invited) 

2:30-3:00  Panel:  Assuring the GEOINT Advantage

Gain exclusive insights into the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's important efforts to assure GEOINT Advantage. This panel unveils the agency’s initiatives to ensure data integrity, source credibility, and analytical rigor across geospatial intelligence. Join us to explore how NGA is pioneering assurance methodologies to bolster the reliability and impact of GEOINT products and services. 

Moderator: Wendy Walbrun, Acting Director, GEOINT Advantage, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (Pending Agency Approval)


  • TBA 

3:00-3:15  Closing Remarks